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Sunday, June 14, 2009

FIV+ Cats

I don't have any, but I understand that there's a lot of ignorance and misunderstandings about cats who have FIV. I had a cat when I was about 6 who was diagnosed with FIV, and he was put down. That's not how it is nowadays. 12 years ago, FIV had a whole different connotation. As I said, I don't have FIV+ cats, but some of our other fosters have experience with them, and we have a few FIV+ cats for adoption (adult cats).

These are FIV facts from the Best Friends Animal Shelter page about FIV.

FIV Facts

1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.

2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.

3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.

4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.

5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)

6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.

7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.

8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise.

Most FIV cats live long, normal lives, and they can live happily among other cats with no problems, since FIV is not easily spread. They are sweet and want love like any other cat.

Links to our FIV+ cats:
Dusty Blue

Another good link about FIV cats is here.

I can't guarantee this cats are still up for adoption, but odds are, since they're special needs cats, they are.

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